Thursday, July 28, 2011

Celebrating Our Summer Interns

This edition of the Nomi Wire is dedicated to, and was largely produced by, our talented class of Nomi Network summer interns. We want to take this moment to introduce our network to these four poised young women, and to recognize and thank them for their hard work. Thanks to their diligent efforts over the past several months, Nomi Network has had an unusually productive summer. Our interns' creative ideas, unique perspective, effervescent excitement and willingness to rise to every challenge, inspired every member of our executive team. Take a look below to find out more about their diverse backgrounds, interests and aspirations for the future.

Allie Gazmarian

This past May, Allie graduated from Virginia Tech University with a Bachelors degree in English and a minor in Sociology. Allie will attend graduate school in the fall to receive her Masters degree in Public Policy. Through her internships with Nomi Network, she has learned the importance of working collectively to support and help restore the lives of survivors and women at-risk of being trafficked.

Ayleen Nazario

Ayleen is going to be a sophomore at Binghamton University this fall. During high school, she was an honor roll student and a community leader. She has pioneered “Change for a Change,” a toy drive for child cancer patients at Saint Vincent’s Hospital. Her exuberant personality and experience generating sponsorships and donations for fashion shows and community service oriented projects, has helped drive Nomi’s fundraising efforts and event planning.

Jennifer Frye

Ever since she was in the 8th Grade, Jen knew she wanted to work in the culinary industry. From the old Stone Creamery to the Four Seasons Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown DC, her blossoming career is already marked with extensive experience. She received her training at the Culinary Institute of America, a food mecca rife with competitive drive. She is now a Personal Wine Broker and is the brain child behind our Nomi at Home articles in the Wire.

Ruth Diaz

Ruth has over ten years of professional experience in education, research, and non-profit programs. She graduated from the University of Texas Pan American with a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, and has researched human trafficking and sustainable agriculture in global and food security issues. From a pre-kindergarten teacher to a Texas State Commodity Inspector and a USDA-ARS Honey Bee Researcher, Ruth is always seeking to learn and has put her best into every opportunity.

Allie, Ruth, Ayleen and Jen - we will miss you and wish you the best of luck in all you do!

- Lisa Kim and Alissa Moore

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